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Spices, cinnamon, ground
*all the values are displayed for the amount of 100 grams
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on January 21, 2022
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Cinnamon

Carbs in cinnamon

Ground cinnamon has 80.6g of carbohydrates per 100g. This amount provides 27% of the daily carbohydrate requirement.

In terms of carbs, cinnamon is higher than 96% of foods.

Macronutrients chart

4% 2% 81% 11% 4%
Protein:
Daily Value: 8%
3.99 g of 50 g
8%
Fats:
Daily Value: 2%
1.24 g of 65 g
2%
Carbs:
Daily Value: 27%
80.59 g of 300 g
27%
Water:
Daily Value: 1%
10.58 g of 2,000 g
1%
Other:
3.6 g

Carbs per serving size

The serving size for this food is one teaspoon, which weighs 2.6g. Cinnamon contains 2.1g carbs per serving size.

Carbohydrate type breakdown

There is approximately 2.2g of sugar in 100g of cinnamon. Nearly half of the sugars are glucose, as shown in the chart below. Fructose makes up the other half: the fructose content equals 1.1g. Sucrose levels are so low that we can ignore them.

Carbohydrate type breakdown

1.04% 1.11%
Starch: 0 g
Sucrose: 0.02 g
Glucose: 1.04 g
Fructose: 1.11 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g

Cinnamon net carbs

Ground cinnamon has 53.1 grams of fiber out of 80.6 grams of carbs. Therefore, there are 27.5g net carbs in this food.

Fiber content ratio for Cinnamon

2.17% 53.1% 25.32%
Sugar: 2.17 g
Fiber: 53.1 g
Other: 25.32 g

Cinnamon calories

Cinnamon is an average-calorie food with 247 calories per 100g. The majority of these calories come from the carb content. 100g of ground cinnamon provides 12.35% of the daily need for calories.

Calories per serving size

The serving size for the cinnamon is one teaspoon (2.6g). This amount contains 6.4 calories.

Comparison

Cinnamon is higher in calories than 61% of foods. However, it is lower in calories than most spices.

Cinnamon is lower in calories than Star anise and Allspice. It has fewer calories than Cardamom.

The calorie content of Cinnamon and some other spices are shown below.

Food

Calories per 100 grams

Cumin

375

Star anise

337

Fenugreek

323

Cardamom

311

Chili powder spice

282

Allspice

263

Cinnamon

247

Burning estimates

The table below illustrates how long it takes to burn 6.4 calories (1 teaspoon of cinnamon) and what type of activity is required. The time was calculated using the MET method (Metabolic Equivalent of a Task) (1) (2).

1 teaspoon - 70kg person

1 teaspoon - 100kg person

Walking

2 min

2 min

Running

1 min

< 1 min

Cycling

1 min

< 1 min

Cinnamon glycemic index

Cinnamon consists of 80% carbohydrates, of which the pressing majority is made up of dietary fiber. One serving size of ground cinnamon contains less than 0.1g of sugars. For that reason, the cinnamon spice has a very low glycemic index.

Cinnamon supplementation to a high glycemic index meal can significantly reduce the elevation of the blood glucose by lowering the starch conversion into glucose (1). White bread has a high glycemic index of 100. After adding 2.5% cinnamon to the bread, the glycemic index is lowered to 63±7 (3).

In addition to the low glycemic index, cinnamon was also found to have beneficial effects on health. Research has found that cinnamon consumption may improve anthropometric parameters, glycemic indices, and lipid profile of individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (4).

Cinnamon tea intake also helps improve blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (5).

In summary, cinnamon consumption can be recommended for individuals with diabetes, as it can contribute notable anti-diabetic qualities.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4428382/
  2. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities
  3. http://www.als-journal.com/712-19/
  4. https://europepmc.org/article/med/24199490
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29605574/
  6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341642135
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: January 21, 2022

Important nutritional characteristics for Cinnamon

Cinnamon
Glycemic index ⓘ Source:
74 with glucose (glucose 100) http://www.als-journal.com/712-19/
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
N/A (-)
Insulin index ⓘ
N/A
Calories
247
Net Carbs ⓘ Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols
27.49 grams
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs)
0.25 tsp (0.5 grams)
Acidity (Based on PRAL) ⓘ PRAL (Potential renal acid load) is calculated using a formula. On the PRAL scale the higher the positive value, the more is the acidifying effect on the body. The lower the negative value, the higher the alkalinity of the food. 0 is neutral.
-19.3 (alkaline)
96% Carbs
95% Calcium
93% Fiber
93% Iron
84% Potassium
Explanation: The given food contains more Carbs than 96% of foods. Note that this food itself is richer in Carbs than it is in any other nutrient. Similarly, it is relatively rich in Calcium, Fiber, Iron, and Potassium.

Cinnamon Glycemic index (GI)

Source:
74 with glucose (glucose 100) http://www.als-journal.com/712-19/
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
N/A

Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium Choline 301% 312% 43% 28% 39% 2% 50% 114% 2279% 17% 6%
Calcium: 1002 mg of 1,000 mg 100%
Iron: 8.32 mg of 8 mg 104%
Magnesium: 60 mg of 420 mg 14%
Phosphorus: 64 mg of 700 mg 9%
Potassium: 431 mg of 3,400 mg 13%
Sodium: 10 mg of 2,300 mg 0%
Zinc: 1.83 mg of 11 mg 17%
Copper: 0.339 mg of 1 mg 38%
Manganese: 17.466 mg of 2 mg 759%
Selenium: 3.1 µg of 55 µg 6%
Choline: 11 mg of 550 mg 2%

Mineral chart - relative view

Calcium
1002 mg
TOP 5%
Iron
8.32 mg
TOP 7%
Potassium
431 mg
TOP 16%
Magnesium
60 mg
TOP 19%
Copper
0.339 mg
TOP 24%
Manganese
17.466 mg
TOP 25%
Zinc
1.83 mg
TOP 41%
Selenium
3.1 µg
TOP 72%
Phosphorus
64 mg
TOP 73%
Choline
11 mg
TOP 84%
Sodium
10 mg
TOP 85%

Vitamin coverage chart

Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 18% 47% 0% 13% 6% 10% 25% 22% 37% 5% 0% 78%
Vitamin A: 295 IU of 5,000 IU 6%
Vitamin E : 2.32 mg of 15 mg 15%
Vitamin D: 0 µg of 10 µg 0%
Vitamin C: 3.8 mg of 90 mg 4%
Vitamin B1: 0.022 mg of 1 mg 2%
Vitamin B2: 0.041 mg of 1 mg 3%
Vitamin B3: 1.332 mg of 16 mg 8%
Vitamin B5: 0.358 mg of 5 mg 7%
Vitamin B6: 0.158 mg of 1 mg 12%
Folate: 6 µg of 400 µg 2%
Vitamin B12: 0 µg of 2 µg 0%
Vitamin K: 31.2 µg of 120 µg 26%

Vitamin chart - relative view

Vitamin A
295 IU
TOP 29%
Vitamin C
3.8 mg
TOP 31%
Vitamin E
2.32 mg
TOP 39%
Vitamin K
31.2 µg
TOP 45%
Vitamin B6
0.158 mg
TOP 54%
Vitamin B3
1.332 mg
TOP 64%
Vitamin B5
0.358 mg
TOP 69%
Folate
6 µg
TOP 76%
Vitamin B2
0.041 mg
TOP 83%
Vitamin B1
0.022 mg
TOP 86%
Vitamin D
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin B12
0 µg
TOP 100%

Protein quality breakdown

Tryptophan Threonine Isoleucine Leucine Lysine Methionine Phenylalanine Valine Histidine 53% 39% 32% 28% 35% 23% 26% 37% 51%
Tryptophan: 49 mg of 280 mg 18%
Threonine: 136 mg of 1,050 mg 13%
Isoleucine: 146 mg of 1,400 mg 10%
Leucine: 253 mg of 2,730 mg 9%
Lysine: 243 mg of 2,100 mg 12%
Methionine: 78 mg of 1,050 mg 7%
Phenylalanine: 146 mg of 1,750 mg 8%
Valine: 224 mg of 1,820 mg 12%
Histidine: 117 mg of 700 mg 17%

Fat type information

0.345% 0.246% 0.068%
Saturated Fat: 0.345 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.246 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.068 g

All nutrients for Cinnamon per 100g

Nutrient DV% In TOP % of foods Value Comparison
Net carbs N/A 27% 27.49g 2 times less than Chocolate Chocolate
Protein 10% 66% 3.99g 1.4 times more than Broccoli Broccoli
Fats 2% 72% 1.24g 26.9 times less than Cheese Cheese
Carbs 27% 4% 80.59g 2.9 times more than Rice Rice
Calories 12% 39% 247kcal 5.3 times more than Orange Orange
Fructose 1% 86% 1.11g 5.3 times less than Apple Apple
Sugar N/A 59% 2.17g 4.1 times less than Coca-Cola Coca-Cola
Fiber 212% 7% 53.1g 22.1 times more than Orange Orange
Calcium 100% 5% 1002mg 8 times more than Milk Milk
Iron 104% 7% 8.32mg 3.2 times more than Beef Beef
Magnesium 14% 19% 60mg 2.3 times less than Almond Almond
Phosphorus 9% 73% 64mg 2.8 times less than Chicken meat Chicken meat
Potassium 13% 16% 431mg 2.9 times more than Cucumber Cucumber
Sodium 0% 85% 10mg 49 times less than White Bread White Bread
Zinc 17% 41% 1.83mg 3.4 times less than Beef Beef
Copper 38% 24% 0.34mg 2.4 times more than Shiitake Shiitake
Vitamin A 6% 29% 295IU 56.6 times less than Carrot Carrot
Vitamin E 15% 39% 2.32mg 1.6 times more than Kiwifruit Kiwifruit
Vitamin D 0% 100% 0µg N/A Egg
Vitamin C 4% 31% 3.8mg 13.9 times less than Lemon Lemon
Vitamin B1 2% 86% 0.02mg 12.1 times less than Pea Pea
Vitamin B2 3% 83% 0.04mg 3.2 times less than Avocado Avocado
Vitamin B3 8% 64% 1.33mg 7.2 times less than Turkey meat Turkey meat
Vitamin B5 7% 69% 0.36mg 3.2 times less than Sunflower seed Sunflower seed
Vitamin B6 12% 54% 0.16mg 1.3 times more than Oat Oat
Folate 2% 76% 6µg 10.2 times less than Brussels sprout Brussels sprout
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0µg N/A Pork
Vitamin K 26% 45% 31.2µg 3.3 times less than Broccoli Broccoli
Tryptophan 0% 86% 0.05mg 6.2 times less than Chicken meat Chicken meat
Threonine 0% 87% 0.14mg 5.3 times less than Beef Beef
Isoleucine 0% 88% 0.15mg 6.3 times less than Salmon Salmon
Leucine 0% 88% 0.25mg 9.6 times less than Tuna Tuna
Lysine 0% 83% 0.24mg 1.9 times less than Tofu Tofu
Methionine 0% 85% 0.08mg 1.2 times less than Quinoa Quinoa
Phenylalanine 0% 88% 0.15mg 4.6 times less than Egg Egg
Valine 0% 86% 0.22mg 9.1 times less than Soybean Soybean
Histidine 0% 85% 0.12mg 6.4 times less than Turkey meat Turkey meat
Cholesterol 0% 100% 0mg N/A Egg
Trans Fat N/A 100% 0g N/A Margarine
Saturated Fat 2% 73% 0.35g 17.1 times less than Beef Beef
Monounsaturated Fat N/A 77% 0.25g 39.8 times less than Avocado Avocado
Polyunsaturated fat N/A 88% 0.07g 693.7 times less than Walnut Walnut

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NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Nutrition Facts
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 247
% Daily Value*
2%
Total Fat 1g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 10mg
27%
Total Carbohydrate 81g
212%
Dietary Fiber 53g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 4g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 1,002mg 0%

Iron 8mg 100%

Potassium 431mg 13%

*
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Health checks

Low in Cholesterol
ok
 ⓘ Dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in healthy individuals. However, dietary cholesterol is common in foods that are high in harmful saturated fats.
Source
No Trans Fats
ok
 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
Source
Low in Saturated Fats
ok
 ⓘ Saturated fat intake can raise total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, leading to an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Dietary guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to under 10% of calories a day.
Source
Low in Sodium
ok
 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
Source
Low in Sugars
ok
 ⓘ While the consumption of moderate amounts of added sugars is not detrimental to health, an excessive intake can increase the risk of obesity, and therefore, diabetes.
Source

Cinnamon nutrition infographic

Cinnamon nutrition infographic
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References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171320/nutrients

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.